Social Psychology

Social Psychology - 08/24/2010 Social Psychology Defining...

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08/24/2010 Social Psychology Defining Social Psychology o The scientific discipline that attempts to understand and explain how the thought, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. (Gordon Allport) Scientific – sets apart from philosophical Individuals – separates social psychology from sociology. Psychology focus on the individual Actual, imagined, implied – humans evolved to live in groups. Terrible at living alone We carry other people around in our heads Ex: our mothers – I won’t do something because I know she would disapprove General Focus of Social Psychology o Normal, everyday behavior of the non-psychopathological Study the normative aka normal o Normal adults Non-developmental History of Social Psychology o Social Psychology began from bombing of Pearl Harbor The (Re)Birth of a Discipline o Research Aftermath Attitudes, persuasion, and propaganda
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course PSY 221 taught by Professor Hugenberg during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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